The first stage of a project to rejuvenate sections of Five Mile Creek and upgrade nearby pathways in Romsey is underway.
The works, which are part of the Romsey Five Mile Creek Master Plan, include the removal of some Elms and Willows where the creek intersects with Pohlman Street to prepare the site for the pathway works.
A sealed pathway will be installed along Pohlman Street—from the Lions Park to Robb Drive—early next year.
The master plan, which was adopted in 2019, sets out a program of works to improve the recreation and environmental values of the creek and surrounding areas.
Willows are recognised as one of the most serious threats to waterways in temperate Australia. Most types of willows are considered Weeds of National Significance.
Willows and Elms also spread easily, consume high volumes of water, crowd out native species and clog up waterways with their root systems. This negatively impacts waterways by reducing water flows and habitat for native species. Their autumn leaf fall can also deplete oxygen levels in waterways.
The trees will be replaced with native trees, shrubs, sedges and grasses in Autumn 2021.
We appreciate the community’s patience during this time.
The works are being co-funded by Melbourne Water.